Noor joined Watsi on November 30th, 2020. 31 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Noor's most recent donation supported Tumuhirwe, a banana and coffee farmer from Uganda, to fund a hysterectomy.
Noor has funded healthcare for 8 patients in 4 countries.
Tumuhirwe is a 75-year-old farmer from Uganda. She is a widow and a mother to eleven children. Tumuhirwe has four boys; two are small scale farmers, one is a nurse and another one is a teacher. She also has seven daughters; all whom are married and are small scale farmers. Tumuhirwe earns a living from her banana plantation and coffee plantation, and sometimes grows food crops like beans, potatoes, and maize at a small scale. She sells off the surplus to generate an income. For the last three years, Tumuhirwe has been experiencing persistent lower abdominal pain accompanied by on and off bleeding. She has been diagnosed with a premalignant cervical lesion. Tumuhirwe needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Tumuhirwe's surgery. On December 8th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Tumuhirwe will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Tumuhirwe shared, “I hope to get a new life after my surgery and hope to continue with farming to support my family.”
Fredrick is an elderly man from Kenya. Earlier this year in April, Fredrick noticed a lump in his right breast. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and his older age, he decided not to risk visiting the hospital for a checkup. He was examined in September and underwent some scans and a biopsy test, but no treatment or medication was offered to him. Later on, one of his children brought him back to the hospital for further examination. The doctor diagnosed Frederick with breast cancer requiring a mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue. Without treatment, the cancer may metastasize to other organs. Fredrick has five children whom he relies on to meet his daily needs. Only one of the five is financially stable able enough to send him some money for daily living. Fredrick and his wife practice small-scale farming to supplement this financial support. He and his family are not able to raise the required amount of money for his surgery and ask for your help. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $857 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Fredrick. The procedure is scheduled to take place on October 14. After treatment, Fredrick will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Fredrick shared, “I am hopeful that I will get the required treatment."
Sorn is a 75-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has three sons, two daughters, and six grandchildren. She enjoys taking care of her grandchildren and visiting the pagoda. Sorn has a growing mass in her lower eyelid which has been diagnosed as basal cell carcinoma. Her neighbor encouraged her to come to Watsi's Medical Partner Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) to see if she could be treated. Fortunately, on September 23rd, surgeons at CSC will perform excision and skin flap procedure to remove the growth. Now, she needs help to fund this $657 procedure. Sorn said, "I really hope after this surgery I feel better and am comfortable again."
SaMat is an 84-year-old man from Cambodia. SaMat used to work at a tobacco factory but is now retired. He lives with his sister and enjoys listening to the monks pray. Five years ago, SaMat developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurred vision, tearing, and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When SaMat learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled by tuk tuk with his sister seeking treatment. On October 12th, doctors will perform small incision cataract surgery (SICS) and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. SaMat said, "I am hopeful that my vision will improve after this surgery so I can help my sister do some work at home and take care of myself."
Tabitha is a middle-aged woman from Kenya and a very jovial lady. She is a single mother with two children. In December 2019, Tabitha started feeling some swollen tissue in her breast. A few days later, she went to a nearby hospital to seek care. In the facility, a scan was done and she was given some medication. As time went by, the tissue in her breast continued to grow and worried Tabitha greatly. She returned to the facility to seek further treatment, but beyond a biopsy test and another scan, the facility told her they could not offer her additional treatment. When a family member paid her a visit, Tabitha shared her story and was referred to Kijabe Hospital. Upon arrival, she was examined and diagnosed with breast cancer. The doctors recommended a mastectomy to remove the lump in her breast. Without treatment, the cancer may metastasize to other organs. Tabitha has struggled financially to raise both of her children. To earn a living, she makes and repairs fishing nets and hooks and later sells them. One of her children has joined her in this business, and the other one does casual jobs to earn a living. Tabitha is not able to raise or source funds to pay for this surgery and appeals for financial help. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $857 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Tabitha. The procedure is scheduled to take place on October 15th. After treatment, Tabitha will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Tabitha says, “Having heard from the doctor that the swollen tissue might be cancerous, I am very much worried about my health. On the other hand, I am happy that the tissue can be removed. I am hopeful that I will receive treatment very soon despite having no money for the surgery.”
Roth is a 72-year-old grandfather from Cambodia. He is married with one son, one daughter, and two grandchildren. Roth was in the military and is now retired. Roth and his wife live with their son who is a mechanic. He enjoys visiting the pagoda with his wife and listening to news on the radio. Three years ago, Roth developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him blurry vision, itchiness, and tearing. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Roth learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours with his wife seeking treatment. On November 24th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Roth shared, "After all my years of service, I sacrificed my precious life to protect my country, now I need my vision to protect and support my family."
Chas is a 76-year-old farmer from Cambodia. She has four daughters, two sons, and ten grandchildren. Chas lives with her daughter, who sells pottery. In her free time, Chas enjoys going to the mosque with her friend. Two years ago, Chas developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, photophobia, tearing, and itchiness. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Chas learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours with her daughter seeking treatment. On November 16th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Chas shared, "I hope I can see well and go to the mosque by myself once my procedure has been completed."
Gladness is a two-month-old baby girl from Tanzania and the last born in a family of two children. Both parents depend on small-scale farming for a living and their income is very limited. Gladness has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Gladness traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on August 11th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $935 to fund Gladness's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily and wear shoes. Gladness’ mother shared: “Please help us, our daughter needs this treatment but the cost is too high for us to afford.”